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BLC24 Goals

Monday, January 13, 2014

I am still in my maintenance range (top end). For this round, I am looking to get to the bottom of that range (135) or perhaps even a couple of pounds lower: cushion pounds for an upcoming trip. Just as importantly, I'd like to tighten and tone. I continue to work on managing stress (always seeking balance) and improving nutrition. So.... To help me achieve these goals, I have come up with the following action plan:

Restart my C25K program - aiming for two runs a week.
Include two strength training sessions a week.
Make three dinners a week vegetarian.
Include one yoga or meditation session a week.
Drink eight glasses of water a day.
Get at least thirty minutes of exercise each day.
Do at least ten minutes of organizing a day.

  
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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 1/14/2014 2:33PM

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JANICEMC 1/13/2014 3:20PM

    Love your goals Heather. Especially like the organizing part! :-)

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JUST_BRENDA 1/13/2014 1:43PM

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JDUBLANKO 1/13/2014 11:47AM

    AWESOME goals...!!! Looking forward to this round with you and seeing you meet your goals :D

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ROCKNP90X 1/13/2014 11:03AM

    Great goals! I too am looking at few vegetarian meals a week and meditating daily. You are at my goal weight. Its going to be a long time until I see those numbers! You have a winning plan!!

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GYMRAT_AT44 1/13/2014 11:01AM

    Very nice.

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HILLRUNNER 1/13/2014 10:56AM

    Good goals!! Well done on planning how to keep in your range!
You have done outstanding!!!

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BLC23 Goals

Sunday, September 22, 2013

BLC22 was successful for me: seeing me reach my goal weight of 140. This round, I would like to maintain. 140 would be at the high end of my range, and 135 at the low end. I guess that 137/138 would be ideal.

In addition to maintaining my weight, I would also like to continue to add muscle tone. I'd like more definition in my upper body, and a little more in my lower. So, more strength training for me. I am dealing with a shoulder injury that I hope to begin to resolve this round. The plan is to visit the doctor to look at alternatives. I could also work with an excellent personal trainer I have used in the past. I'll maintain my cardio, as it is both a calorie burner and a stress reducer/energizer. I'll continue to get up early each morning to ensure that I fit my exercise in.

Last round, I set a goal of tracking my food at least four days a week. I actually tracked consistently for five. Even though I am looking at maintaining, I think I should continue with this approach.

I still need to work on getting enough water each day. I'm aiming for 9 glasses, or three of the large cup I carry around all day.

I'd like to get back to paper and pen journaling as a healthy way to deal with stress.

I'd like to explore a new hobby. I'm thinking learning a language.

I'd like to spend a few minutes each day de-cluttering. An organized house would add to my peace.

  
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FT4EVR 9/24/2013 7:51PM

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All great goals! I feel the same way about clutter, I am working on that one too!

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TRIXIETEXAS 9/23/2013 5:13PM

    Great goals!

Have you heard of FlyLady? (flylady.net)

She has a great system for organizing and decluttering.



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DETERMINEDDE 9/23/2013 10:22AM

    Love your goals! Congratulations on your accomplishments to date!

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LJR4HEALTH 9/23/2013 8:40AM

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 9/23/2013 4:03AM

    Sounds like you are doing great!! Your plan sound emoticon too! emoticon

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Bitter Sweet

Monday, July 08, 2013

I felt the need to update my progress with BLC 22 so far. I am doing well - meeting my exercise and tracking goals and losing weight at the pace I hoped to (roughly a pound a week). At this rate, I will achieve my goal by the end of the challenge, and it is my long term goal - not a step on the way. I will be ready to go back to maintenance. Sweet! Right?

Here's were the bitter comes in. As I opened my blog to post this, I saw my introduction: "Maintaining". For over two years I maintained my goal weight. Actually, I was, at one point, quite a bit under goal: 133 pounds. (I've decided that, that was a little too low for me.) I thought that I had finally ended the yo-yo cycle. Somehow, I let the weight creep back on until I found myself with 10-15 pounds to lose... again.

Still, I will give myself some credit for not letting it get to the 25-30 pounds of the past. I will give myself credit for the weight I have lost since joining BLC22 (about 5 pounds). I will recommit to learning to maintain my goal weight once I again achieve it.

  
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EMERALDELEPHANT 7/21/2013 6:20PM

    Heck yeah for almost at your goal weight!! Way to go!!

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BELLSES 7/17/2013 9:06PM

    emoticon Getting to know you all, saw your blog and wanted to comment!

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LJR4HEALTH 7/8/2013 9:24PM

    You are doing great! Maintaining isn't easy emoticon forward

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AEHEGE 7/8/2013 1:36PM

    Thanks for sharing -- and for pointing out how easy it is to go up after begin below goal weight. I am sort of at that juncture now and see the need to stop and get with my program again.

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WATCHMEGO! 7/8/2013 1:09PM

    emoticon on being so close to goal!


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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 7/8/2013 11:14AM

    That is for sure bitter sweet!! You are doing emoticon

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BLC 22 Goals

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

As part of this challenge, I have set a more realistic goal weight for myself - both to reach and maintain (140 rather than 135). To achieve this weight by the end of the challenge, I will have to lose roughly one pound a week, which is realistic. I plan to achieve this goal by continuing to exercise regularly. My weekly goal is 345 minutes. I also need to begin to track my food. I am asking myself to track and stay within range at least 4 days a week. This will be a big improvement over my present 0 days a week, and does not feel as intimidating as all seven days.

  
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JDUBLANKO 6/12/2013 10:56AM

    Once you get used to tracking and all your favorites set up...it will be a breeze...

realistic goals...AWESOME!!!

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LJR4HEALTH 6/11/2013 10:26PM

    You are so right sometimes we need to change our weight goal Its a very doable goal for you to work on during this challenge emoticon

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 6/5/2013 2:35PM

    I'm in with you for BLC 22!!

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Listen!

Saturday, April 06, 2013

My body has been letting me know for quite some time now that it is not happy with me. Well.... It mostly seems to be my digestive system, but other parts of my body have begun to join in. I have been getting lots of exercise, but have been over-indulging with consumption, and not always (or even often, lately) making good choices. What began as a stomach "ache" and some indigestion (a quiet reminder from my body) has become "pain". My body is now screaming at me to take better care of myself.

I watched "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" last night, and I was motivated to give my body the support it needs. I am fortunate to own a Vitamix, so rather than juicing (what happened on the documentary), I immediately thought of healthy smoothies. I like keeping all the fibre from the fruits and veggies, and I'll drink lots of water to keep things moving.

A little searching brought me to a 3 Day "Body Booster Smoothie Plan" from Dr. Oz. Actually, he calls it a "Detox Cleanse". This has caused all kinds of debate on a Spark group I visited as part of my search. I am not using this as a cleanse. I am not using it to lose a lot of weight (water or not) in a short period of time. I am using it as a way to focus on nourishing my body. To, hopefully, feel better. I know enough about nutrition to see that the smoothie recipes have a good balance of the things my body needs. They also have a healthy calorie range. They should be easy to absorb in smoothie form. I am just too lazy to come up with my own recipes.

I know that some people have complained about the cost of ingredients, but they are all natural foods and I have almost all of them already in my house. In fact, I was able to make the breakfast smoothie this morning shortly after finding the plan. It was delicious! Much more dessert like than my usual breakfast smoothie. A keeper. The lunch time smoothie is a little "greener" and people have found it to be the most challenging, but when I make my smoothies they are usually very green (my husband refuses to try them), so I think I'll be fine.

It's only three days. I'll let you know how it goes.

  
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FITNHEALTHYKAL 4/7/2013 7:10AM

    Follow your emoticon and do what feels right for YOU!

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ANTHONYSGAL 4/7/2013 12:59AM

    can't wait to hear how it goes...YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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SUSANELAINE1956 4/6/2013 12:33PM

    I hope you will report back about your Dr. Oz plan. I always watching his show and have learned a lot, but never tried one of these.

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SPARKCHANTAL 4/6/2013 12:20PM

    you'd be surprised at how little energy and cost a 'natural' life can be, and what rewards it brings. just pretend you live in the stone age, no supermarkets or advertising anywhere. and be gentle with yourself!

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